After 6 years successfully managing the Columbia Heights Farmers Market and developing one of the largest portfolios of access programs in DC, the organization (now Community Foodworks) expanded to include two new markets . These three markets (and soon to be more!) operate under the leadership of Community Foodworks. As part of the CFW network, each market has expanded capacity to operate their programs and outreach.
CFW in Brookland
Located at the center of a vibrant arts community, Brookland's Monroe Street Farmers Market opened in 2014 and came under CFW management just this year. Incorporating Monroe Street Farmers Market allows CFW to serve the residents of the Brookland, Edgewood, and Queens Chapel neighborhoods through both our existing portfolio of access programs and direct partnerships with many social service organizations in Ward 5. The market is quickly becoming a safe, bustling environment for commerce, exchange, and food access alike.
CFW in Arlington
The Arlington Courthouse Farmers Market was established in 1979 and is one of the largest and longest-standing farmers market in the DMV. AFM connects local producers of high quality fruits, vegetables, meats, breads (and more!) to the largest urban center in Northern Virginia. In 2014, CFW was selected to manage the market and bring SNAP processing capability and Bonus Bucks to the market for the very first time.
Since 2010, the Columbia Heights Farmers Market has operated a vibrant Saturday farmers market in the heart of one of Washington, DC’s most densely populated and socioeconomically diverse neighborhoods.
Based on the success of the Saturday market, CHFM launched a new Wednesday evening market that would operate during peak season, June through September.Since the inaugural market on June 2, the Wednesday Market has seen a consistent customer base eager to shop for local food. The new market hours enabled CFW to expand awareness and participation in our food access programs (read more here), which grew continuously throughout the season.
Most importantly, the Wednesday evening market became a thriving community-gathering place.
For every $1 of produce purchased at your average supermarket, a mere $0.16 ends up back in the hands of the farmer who grew that food.
Conversely, farmers markets, without the added middlemen and extraneous marketing costs, allow farmers to capture the greatest share of revenue on every piece of produce sold.
When farmers have the opportunity earn more profit, they make more money. With more income, they don't need to resort to cost-cutting, cheap production methods that have damaging effects on our food and environment. The consumer ends up with higher quality food.
CFW is proud to create markets that serve farmers from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Moreover, our access programs give low-income residents greater food purchasing power, helping expand the urban customer-base for local farmers even more.
Since 2008, the Bonus Bucks has increased the purchasing power for shoppers who utilize federal food benefits (SNAP, WIC, Senior FMNP) at our farmers markets. Receiving a weekly match offers individuals and families with limited food budgets the ability to take home twice as much fresh food.
In 2015, we focused on building awareness of the Bonus Bucks program in our neighborhoods. As awareness increased, so too did redemption. More people learned about the financial support they could access at CFW farmers markets, which lead to record growth for the season.
FVRx is a unique weekly incentive program that aims to improve health outcomes among overweight and obese children by increasing fresh fruit and vegetable consumption. Doctors write “prescriptions” that participants can redeem for fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets (typically $1 per household member per day).
The Columbia Heights Farmers Market was the first FVRx implementation site and has been the largest farmers market partner for the FVRx program since it began in 2012. FVRx is an initiative of Unity Healthcare and DC Greens, with funding and support from Wholesome Wave.